I really shouldn't do this, but I'm signing up for another challenge. It's The Sunshine Smackdown! Battle of the Prizes Challenge – American Version, which must qualify as the longest ever title for a reading challenge! It's being hosted by Rose City Reader and runs from May 1 to September 7, 2009 – May Day to Labor Day. And since it only requires three (or four) books, it seems really doable.
These are most of the details:
Chose three books that you have not read before:You can read more about it and find links to lists of the award books on the announcement page here.
1) One that won both the Pulitzer and the National;
2) One that won the Pulitzer but not the National; and
3) One that won the National but not the Pulitzer.
OPTION: For those who have already read all six of the double-dippers, or otherwise do not want to read one of those six, pick two Pulitzer winners and two National winners for a total of four books.
Read all books between May Day and Labor Day. Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged!
I've got these three books in mind for the challenge:
1. Double Winner: Rabbit is Rich, by John Updike. Mainly because I've wanted to read it for years, I've got a copy, and my husband is a real fan of the Rabbit books. I've never read any of them, so maybe I should take a look at Rabbit, Run first.
2. Pulitzer Winner: The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty. I like Welty's short stories, so I thought I'd try one of her longer works. And again, I've already got this one on my shelves. [See my review.]
3. National Book Award Winner: Victory Over Japan, by Ellen Gilchrist. I really enjoyed her In the Land of Dreamy Dreams when I read it many years ago. I've also read Drunk With Love, but I don't remember that one quite as well. Don't think I own a copy of this one, so I'm hoping the local public library has it on their shelves.